Category Archives: diary

on the slow train

(a few lines written on the slow train from Exeter to Waterloo last year, it was early autumn or late summer, after visiting Jay and Tina.  Just came across them in my diary. I had a little collection of rock … Continue reading

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A letter to Virgin Trains

This is a letter I’m planning to send to Virgin Trains. Would that be a good idea?  Every word is true, except the statement that I nearly wet myself on the way to the toilet. One little embellishment I allowed … Continue reading

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mouse

When I walked into the kitchen last night and turned the light on I surprised a mouse on its usual path. They like to run along the back edge of the work surface, close to the wall, round the back … Continue reading

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At Vodnikov Dom 7 Joey’s story

(before I go on I should add a few notes.) 1) I still have no control over fonts and their size, which is annoying. 2) I was in Slovenia in early July. 3) There are two kinds of refuge in … Continue reading

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At Vodnikov Dom 3

Vodnikov Dom sits below the cliffs of the north side of Tosc, protected by a little rocky knoll with a few larch trees on it, and just about on the tree line; the window of my room framed a section … Continue reading

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a local history

The other day I was walking down the High Street to the post office where the queue is always like Christmas – it’s got worse since privatisation I said to the woman who served me, she said no, we haven’t … Continue reading

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nature notes (3) The Fall

Today I saw a fox trotting up the garden path with a fat bunch of unruly feathers in its mouth. Come to think of it I haven’t seen either pigeon for a while. And S has been out and bought … Continue reading

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nature notes

They’ve brought ibex back to parts of the French and Italian Alps where they’d been hunted to extinction, they’ve reintroduced beavers to the Scottish highlands and the great bustard to Salisbury Plain. The red kite has been a great success … Continue reading

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january 22 (2012?)

Tuesday. It snowed a lot on sunday, after friday’s snow had half melted and the streets and pavements were dark and dirty, and it’s still here, still white, though it mostly dripped off the branches in yesterday’s brief sun. Yesterday … Continue reading

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the blood donor

Here’s a story with a good and easy ending (easy to tell), but I haven’t worked out how to tell the middle. I went to give blood a few years ago, at the anonymous, cosmopolitan donor centre in the West … Continue reading

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